Al Lewis (lyricist)

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Al Lewis
Born(1901-04-18)April 18, 1901
New York City
DiedApril 4, 1967(1967-04-04) (aged 65)
New York City
NationalityUnited States
OccupationLyricist, music publisher
OrganizationVanderbilt Music[1]

Al Lewis (April 18, 1901 – April 4, 1967) was an American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher. He is thought of mostly as a Tin Pan Alley era lyricist; however, he did write music on occasion as well. Professionally he was most active during the 1920s working into the 1950s. During this time, he most often collaborated with popular songwriters Al Sherman and Abner Silver. Among his most famous songs are "Blueberry Hill" and "You Gotta Be a Football Hero".[2][better source needed]

Songwriters on Parade[edit]

Between 1931 and 1934, during the last days of Vaudeville, Lewis and several other hitmakers of the day performed in a revue called "Songwriters on Parade", performing all across the Eastern seaboard on the Loew's and Keith circuits.[citation needed]

Career revival in the 1950s[edit]

Lewis's career received a boost in 1956 when "Blueberry Hill", a song he had co-written in the 1940s with Larry Stock, became a big hit for Fats Domino. Two years later Lewis and Sylvester Bradford, a blind African-American songwriter, wrote "Tears on My Pillow", which was a hit for Little Anthony and the Imperials.[2]

Hit songs[edit]


  1. ^ Goodman, Fred (2015), Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 978-0-547-89686-1, p. 17.
  2. ^ a b Goodman 2015, p. 17.